One of them has quick things to knit and crochet from stash oddments with a festive theme. The book is "Little Christmas Decorations to knit and crochet by Sue Stratford & Val Pierce". 40 projects of all capabilities to get stuck into, a few of the decorations, if you give the Christmas extras amiss, would do for any time of year.
So may I introduce you to Tina the Twirling Birthday mouse!
You knit her in the flat and sew the seams together, with a little persuasion she eventually looked mouse like! Her arms and tail are worked as an icord, and ears in two parts then stitched together.
My only wish was a picture show you what she looked like in the flat, as a one point I nearly started again as it looked really really wrong!
She's now twirled off wrapped in tissue paper to my chum, Cheryl Happy Birthday x